French strike to cause further travel disruption

Travellers to France can expect disruption to their journeys on Saturday 6th November as air traffic controllers and rail workers will begin another 24-hour strike.

French workers have already carried out seven general strikes since the beginning of September over proposed pension reforms that would increase the minimum retirement age to 62.

Flights and services to French airports face cancellation, according to the country’s aviation authority. Short-haul flights will be hit hardest, with the vast majority of long-haul flights expected to operate as normal.

British Airways, EasyJet and Air France said the strikes are certain to cause delays and some cancellations. Passengers have been urged to check the status of their flights before travelling to the airport.

Train services are also likely to be affected. During previous walkouts, around two thirds of France’s high-speed TGV and regular regional services were cancelled, and Paris metro services were also affected.

Around one in five petrol stations have been out of service, although five of France’s oil refineries have returned to full production.

If your travel plans have been affected by the French strikes, your travel insurance policy could cover you for travel delay and missed departure. Remember to keep hold of your original travel/ accommodation tickets and get a written report from your airline detailing the reason your travel plans have been disrupted – if in doubt, double check with your insurance provider.

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Don’t forget to pack your cheap holiday insurance, but remember to check if there are any strikes planned for your proposed travel dates as buying a travel insurance policy after a strike date has been announced could invalidate your insurance claim.

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* Premium £4.14 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on an adult aged under 55 taking out a “Standard” Single Trip 24/7 travel insurance policy for 3-days in Europe excluding personal possessions cover and purchased within 14 days of departure date. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (October 2010) and are subject to change.